The University of Technology (UTech) recently launched its Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs across five disciplines in its Built Environment Faculty.
Both graduate programs will be available in the specialized areas of architecture, environmental sustainability and climate change, construction technology and management, geomatics and geoinformatics, and urban and rural land management.
The university’s latest offering, which currently has its first cohort of 11 students, was unveiled during UTech’s second International Built Environment Conference.
Faculty Dean, Dr. Garfield Young, emphasized the importance of the programs in adding practical solutions to real-life problems.
“The primary goal of the program is to provide world-class researchers and instructors to deliver solutions and applications for the benefit of communities, governments, international partners, and industry with built environment sustainability and resilience to alleviate poverty and to help save lives,” Dr. Young said.
He said identifying solutions for local, regional and global issues in this vein “can only come if we are informed about what is happening.”
“So, we need people who are very serious about dedicating four years to researching very specific issues relating to the built environment… and that is what this program offers,” he further said.
Additionally, he noted that one must be forward-looking in creating solutions to problems given the dynamic changes within the environment.
“We need to be way more innovative and to come up with solutions to real problems, like climate change, which is very unpredictable. We are in an age where things are happening… and we just have to research to understand it,” Dr. Young further said.
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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